VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—The biggest goal of Trent Klatt’s career wasn’t welcome in his home state.
“I don’t know if I ever scored a bigger goal in my life,” the former University of Minnesota star and Minnesota North Stars player said of his first NHL overtime goal.
“I’m having as much fun as I ever had playing the game of hockey,” Klatt said. “I guess playing against the Wild and knowing that all the family back home is watching, it’s pretty emotional.”
Game 2 is Sunday night in Vancouver.
The Canucks completed a comeback from a 3-1 third-period deficit when Matt Cooke tied it with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.
“To come back from being down 3-1 against this team, I’m still kind of in shock,” said Klatt, who assisted on the tying goal.
Cooke tied it after Todd Bertuzzi won a faceoff with 8.7 seconds left. Naslund threw a long backhander on the net, and Cooke scored his first goal of the payoffs in the ensuing scramble.
“I crashed the net for a rebound and it was underneath him I think and Klatt pushed his pad and I shoveled it in,” Cooke said. “Todd did a good job on the faceoff and I just wanted to get there as fast as I could and when I got there it was an empty net.”
Wes Walz broke a 1-1 tie with two goals—both on passes from Marian Gaborik—in the first 8:11 of the third period. But Walz skated into the middle and collided with Gaborik at center ice, and Naslund scooped up the loose puck and scored his fifth goal in five games to pull Vancouver within one midway through the period.
“Obviously the turnover for the second goal was a huge momentum builder for their team,” Walz said. “It was a play that can’t be made if you want to have any type of success in the playoffs, especially with a 3-1 lead.”
Sergei Zholtok scored a power-play goal for the Wild, and Fernandez made 34 saves. It was the third straight overtime game for the Wild, who won the last two to eliminate Colorado.
“I m pretty happy with the way we played,” Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.
Ed Jovanovski also scored for the Canucks, who have won four straight after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to knock St. Louis out in the first round.
“After what we went through the last series, it’s pretty awesome,” Klattsaid.
It was the first time Minnesota has surrendered more than three goals in the playoffs. … Wild C Jim Dowd missed the game after returning to New Jersey for the birth of his second child, but is expected back for Game 2Sunday night.